BIOS won't load

September 28, 2005 at 16:11:24
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2, 3.4ghz P4 / 1024mb (2x 51

I'm haveing some problems. On my intel computer, i did a full clean a few weeks ago. installed some stuff and what not, but i don't believe that has anything to do with the problem. The computer was running fine, and so one day i powered it down and left it off for a few days...maybe a week or 2. When i tried to turn it on, it would show the Intel Logo screen (before the bios) and instead of the bios doing the memory test, it would just show a black screen with a blinking cursor. So today i tried some things, (switching out memory, removing and putting back in the CMOS battery). The first time that i removed the CMOS battery and put it back in, i had both memory chips installed, and the bios beeped twice (referring to the intel page that means a parrity error). The screen told me to click F4 to resume but i didn't do that..i restarted the computer (maybe i shoulda pressed F4), anyway, when i restarted it did the same thing. So next i remove one chip of memory, and restart the computer (although i'm not POSITIVE whether i reset the battery again), and it came to the bios memory test, and said that the memory had been reduced (from 1024 to 512 my guess) and said F4 to resume, so i pressed F4, and i get the blank screen with flashing cursor. Switch memory chips, and get same blank screen.
My guess is that theres something thats actually wrong with the BIOS, seeing as how it won't load, and there may or may not be something wrong with one of the sticks of memory. I know i've written a lot, and possibly confused some people, but if anyone could offer me some help it'd be great. Also, the processor is the Intel P4 3.4 ghz, and the board is the D915PBL. thanks for any help

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#1
September 28, 2005 at 17:21:37

Can you access BIOS setup by presing F2 or Del key during Boot POST?

Can you press ESC key while the Intel Splash screen shows up to see if any Onscreen POST messages are seen?
M


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#2
September 28, 2005 at 17:22:19

First thing to try is to find the Clear CMOS jumper on the motherboard and clear the CMOS memory. This usually involves turning the computer off. Switching the jumper to the other pin for a few seconds, replacing it back where it came from and re-booting. Check you motherboard manual as there are variations.

This is a more reliable way of clearing the CMOS memory than removing the battery as the memory can take time to decay.

Replace all your memory ensuring it is properly seated. Reboot and when prompted to press F4 you should end up in the BIOS setup screen. You can then enter parameters as required. The time and date will probably need resetting.

If you get a recurrence of the the problem, replacing the CMOS battery is the next option.

Stuart


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#3
September 28, 2005 at 21:02:41

I think that unless otherwise set in the BIOS, in the new intel boards, the BIOS post screen is not seen.It has to be set in the BIOS if you want that.The cursor blinking on the screen may be caused by the problem that you have either disconnected ur HDD or that it is not connected properly,so it is not finding anywhere to boot from.Try that...mybe it will work....best of luck.

Anupam


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#4
October 27, 2005 at 23:15:58

I'm haveing some problems. On my intel computer, i did a full clean a few weeks ago. installed some stuff and what not, but i don't believe that has anything to do with the problem. The computer was running fine, and one day when i tried to turn it on, it would show the Intel Logo screen (before the bios) and instead of the bios indication "press f4 to resume". when the computer is opened by pressing f4 it works well. i have the processor is the Intel P4 1.8 ghz, and the board is the D845GLAD.
How can power on computer without pressing f4?
thanks for any help



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